Present Pours; Emily Tan

“I studied fine art at the University of Tampa and began as an installation artist. My first paint pour was meant to be a background for a sculpture piece in 2014 where I was urged by a professor to stop and show the piece as is. The marriage of the two processes has brought me to where I am today.

My style is best described as contemporary bohemian; a mix of color paired with large organic strokes meant to provoke an emotion. My creative process is largely focused on pigment mixed with water, and I am most inspired by natural color combinations and music.

I also have many local inspirations; Matt Kress, Mel Posner, Cam Parker, Jujmo; all incredible artists and friends who utilize color heavily in their work. Older inspirations are Helen Frankenthaler, Yayoi Kusama, Marina Abramovic, Christo Yavacheff and Jeanne-Claude, Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson and Lee Krasner.

I am grateful for my Florida room attached to my house AND the carport – it opened the door to creating large scale while having somewhere safe to build + paint. Being able to create outside is a huge inspiration in all of my work.

This exhibit is dedicated to the present moment. I find myself constantly seeking what I’m missing out on, what I haven’t done yet, or where I haven’t been. My mind travels to the past, all while projecting into the future, causing an overwhelming discomfort. I have found that when I am painting/building, I am fully present. This practice has inspired the collection, and will hopefully inspire its viewers.

Nadis is my absolute favorite. Nadi is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “tube,” “channel” or “flow.” It refers to the network of channels through which energy travels through the body.

One of my favorite teachers was Professor Gil DeMeza at UT. He taught me how to see. I was walking through life, missing out on some of the most inspirational and remarkable things. I learned how to see color, geometry, line work, layers; looking through an object rather than seeing the object as a whole.

Outside of creating, I love being in nature and immersed in water. Paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming, scuba diving, are some activities I love. I also love to cook, it’s an art in itself.

My boyfriend, Skyler, has been the most amazing support over the years. He travels to festivals with me to live paint, helps me build canvases, transport art, and when I paint perform, he is my personal DJ! He is an inspiration and a true gem.”

Emily Tan Art website

Exhibit hung in the Rialto Theatre Gallery, 1617 N Franklin Street, through the end of March 2022.

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